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Training Requirements

Training Requirements

Victim service providers and volunteers are bound by several training requirements. Statutory and contractual requirements in the state of Utah are detailed below:

  • Administrative Rule

    U.C.A. 77-38-203. Definitions. As used in this part:

    "Confidential communication" means information given to a sexual assault counselor by a victim and includes reports or working papers made in the course of the counseling relationship.
    "Rape crisis center" means any office, institution, or center assisting victims of sexual assault and their families which offers crisis intervention, medical, and legal services, and counseling.
    "Sexual assault counselor" means a person who is employed by or volunteers at a rape crisis center who has a minimum of 40 hours of training in counseling and assisting victims of sexual assault and who is under the supervision of the director or designee of a rape crisis center.
    "Victim" means a person who has experienced a sexual assault of whatever nature including incest and rape and requests counseling or assistance regarding the mental, physical, and emotional consequences of the sexual assault.

    R501-22-5. Staffing.

    The program shall have an employed manager responsible for the day to day resident supervision and operation of the facility. The responsibilities of the manager shall be clearly defined. Whenever the manager is absent there shall be a substitute to assume managerial responsibility. With the exception of Domestic Violence Shelters, adult programs are not required to provide twenty four hour supervision.
    The program shall make arrangement for medical backup with a medical clinic or physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Utah.
    The program shall have at least one person on duty who has completed and remains current in a certified first aid and CPR program.
    Programs which utilize students and volunteers, shall provide screening, training, and evaluation of volunteers. Volunteers providing care in Domestic Violence Shelters, without paid staff present, shall have direct communication access to designated staff at all times. Volunteers shall be informed verbally and in writing of program objectives and scope of service.

    R501-22-6. Direct Service.

    Domestic Violence Shelter action plans shall include the following:
    5. Domestic Violence Shelter staff completing action plans shall have at least a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Sciences.

  • DHS/DCFS Shelter Contract

    Department of Human Services (DHS)/Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Shelter Contract

    1. TRAINING FOR CONTRACTOR'S STAFF: Contractor shall conduct all necessary training to ensure that its staff carries out its responsibilities pursuant to this Contract and that the staff is familiar with the requirements imposed by this Contract and applicable laws.

    Advocate:
    A person who has undergone the required domestic violence training in advocacy, crisis intervention, and related areas and who provides services to survivors through a domestic violence program either on an employed or volunteer basis.

    Training Requirements:
    A. Each staff and volunteer must receive the following training within the first 30 days of employment or volunteering and annually thereafter
    DHS Provider Code of Conduct; and Orientation to the DHS/DCFS Contract requirements.
    Staff and volunteers shall not be permitted to be alone with a client, unsupervised, until these trainings are completed.

    Each staff and volunteer must receive 24 hours of domestic violence specific training within the first year of employment or volunteering and 16 hours annually thereafter.

    Documentation for all training shall include:

    (1) Title and brief description of course content;
    (2)Date training completed;
    (3)Duration of training course;
    (4)Instructor name and qualifications that relate to the subject matter; and
    (5)Employee signature, which shall include either a handwritten signature by the employee or an electronic, if training is completed electronically.
    a.Staff and/or volunteers answering hotline calls shall have completed domestic violence training incompliance with DHS/OL guidelines and also be trained in listening and communication skills so that they can answer calls for information, for referral, and/or for crisis intervention.

    In addition, the Contractor represents that it provides at least annual training for its staff on its plan and it acknowledges that DHS may rely upon this and the other representations of the Contractor in this paragraph

  • DOH RPEG Contract

    Utah Department of Health (DOH)/RPEG Contract

    1) "Sexual assault counselor" means a person who is employed by or volunteers at a rape crisis center who has a minimum of 40 hours of training in counseling and assisting victims of sexual assault and who is under the supervision of the director or designee of a rape crisis center.

    More information about program requirements to meet the Utah Department of Health definition of a Rape Crisis Center: http://health.utah.gov/vipp/pdf/RapeSexualAssault/Rape%20Program%20Contact.pdf

    According to this definition, the following Utah Domestic Violence Coalition member programs meet the criteria for rape crisis center:

    CAPSA, CWCIC, CCWCC, Dove Center, Gentle Ironhawk, New Hope, New Horizons, Pathways (DVSAVA), Seekhaven, Safe Harbor, YCC.

  • Statute

    U.C.A. 77-38-203. Definitions. As used in this part:
    (1)"Confidential communication" means information given to a sexual assault counselor by a victim and includes reports or working papers made in the course of the counseling relationship.
    (2) "Rape crisis center" means any office, institution, or center assisting victims of sexual assault and their families which offers crisis intervention, medical, and legal services, and counseling.
    (3)"Sexual assault counselor" means a person who is employed by or volunteers at a rape crisis center who has a minimum of 40 hours of training in counseling and assisting victims of sexual assault and who is under the supervision of the director or designee of a rape crisis center.
    (4)"Victim" means a person who has experienced a sexual assault of whatever nature including incest and rape and requests counseling or assistance regarding the mental, physical, and emotional consequences of the sexual assault.

  • UOVC VAWA/VOCA Contract

    Utah Office for Victims of Crime (UOVC) VAWA S.T.0.P. Formula Grant - Certified Assurances I 2016

    RAPE CRISIS COUNSELOR MANDATE FOR THE STATE OF UTAH
    (Applicable to Non-Profit Organizations)

    The Utah Office for Victims of Crime requires all non-profit organizations (501(c)3) receiving Violence Against Women (VAWA) funding who provide rape crisis services to certify their compliance with the Confidential Communications for Sexual Assault Act, Utah State Judicial Code 77. All Sub grantee staff and volunteers who provide direct services to victims of sexual violence must complete 40 hours of training in assisting victims of sexual assault. Training to certify as a Rape Crisis Counselor must be provided by a Utah Rape Crisis Program or a State Sexual Assault Coalition.

    For more information about program requirements to meet the Department of Health definition of a Rape Crisis Center: http://health.utah.gov/vipp/pdf/RapeSexualAssault/Rape%20Program%20Contact.pdf

    According to this definition, the following UDVC member programs meet the criteria for Rape Crisis Center:

    CAPSA, CWCIC, CCWCC, Dove Center, Gentle Ironhawk, New Hope, New Horizons, Pathways (DVSAVA), Seekhaven, Safe Harbor, YCC.

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Our Impact in 2017

January 1-December 31
  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To bring hope, justice, and healing to victims of domestic violence murder by providing holistic non-profit legal representation in the civil, probate and family courts.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

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